Learning - Pro
April, June, July, August, September, October, May
Intermediate - Pro
March, April, June, September, October
Join a guided tour around Maldives' Southern Atolls with an experienced surf guide and experience this region that has 10 quality breaks. The boat has twin cabins with air-con, and The Perfect Wave crew guarantees you good service while on board.
Intermediate - Pro
April, June, July, August, September, October, May
The Southern Atolls of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Seenu and Adu are all about 340kms south of Male, with at least a dozen high level reef breaks. Only just recently increasing in popularity, these atolls are less travelled due to their distance from Male as a domestic flight is required to get there. This is great news for those is looking to get away from any crowds.
Southern Atolls favourites
With such a large concentration of breaks within a short distance the way to maximise getting to the right waves when they are on, is by boat. As this isn’t a region a lot of operators know well, you must have a guide that really knows the area well. We have one of the most experienced local guides in the Maldives who runs our Outer Atoll trips for us, Aussie Martey. He will get you the waves of your life! All you have to do is listen when he makes a call to move to another spots with a change of conditions.
After you fly in from your 1hr flight from Male, you will be greeted by our ground crew and taken to your charter. The distance to the first break is 3 hrs on the boat, so plenty of time to get your fins in the boards, wax up and get a good stretch while enjoying the anticipation of the first surf session. Beacons is a favourite, as it’s as close to an Indonesian style heavy wave as possible. Then you have the quality Five Islands, Blue bowls and Love Charms all with long wackable walls and little cover ups. These are just a few waves and we would love to tell you about them all, but you are best to get on board to experience these waves as no description does them justice.
Where to stay
Our Maldives Southern Atoll packages include:
Five-star Surf resorts – As this region is just being developed with a few more resorts popping up next to the surf breaks, we have picked the best with Ayada and the Shangri-La being the best.
Local Guest Houses – You have a few options for guest houses also in this region, to get the local island experience.
Due to wind conditions these atolls are best surfed from February to April and from September to November. During the traditional peak swell season of May to August, the trade winds are strong and make this area difficult to run surf charters. The tides, currents and winds place a very important role in defining the surfing conditions in the Maldives, particularly in the South. All the breaks occur near the tight channels of the atolls. The currents through these channels can become strong during full moons. The surf down here generally ranges in size from 2 -8 foot, so it is an intermediate + destination and not for beginners. A great variety of reef breaks exist ranging in intensity from quite mellow and enjoyable shreddable walls to hollow, sucking dry pits.
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
It is said that the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (also named Huvadhoo Atoll) offers the best conditions for surfing inthe Maldives. It works best in February to April and September to November. It picks up more swell than any other Atoll in the Maldives and from every direction. The Gaafu Dhaalu offers the greatest quantity and variety of spots. To almost every island on the outside of the atoll you will find one or two breaks. There is everything from barreling and hollow walls to soft and never ending playful waves.
- Kaededhdhoo or Airports - Fun right hander when the swell is large. As it is on the west side of the atoll it doesn’t receive as much swell as the other breaks. Lucky punters will score good at Airports with a strong S-SW swell and NE wind.
- Beacons - This break is 3 hrs away from the airport, at the first southern reef pass. Touted as the Maldives’ gutsiest wave, Beacons powerful right tubes onto a shallow unforgiving reef. SW swells will break down the reef, but a SE swell will create peaks slamming straight onto close-out sections of coral. Beacons is flanked by an unnamed left across the channel, which have its days in a big swell and tend to go unridden.
- Dhigulaabadhoo/ Castaways - Across the channel from Beacons, this left is called Dhiraagu after the phone company in the Maldives as the island is shaped like a phone. A sort of fat ride on the takeoff and if the swell direction is right can link up with another section on the inside where it produces a bit more speed and power, needs same wind as Beacons and can be surfed on all tides, plenty of marine life around here common to see whale sharks.
- Blue Bowls or Voodoos - Blue Bowls is the most flexible right, tucked inside the pass and protected from SW-W Winds. More of a point style wave, it has good a length of ride and nice bowly sections for performance moves. All swells, all tides and all sizes.
- Gani Point or Five Islands - Five Islands is another righthander that breaks hard and hollow on the shallow reef inside. The outside section encourages deep takeoffs into racy walls and handles the biggest swells at all tides.
- Booga Reef or Two Ways - Left and righthander - with the right usually coming up better but it needs a big swell to hit its protected position, making it at favourite with intermediates. Fun, peeling, long walls with a bit of depth to the water.
- Love Charms - are actually several reliable lefts, which can handle E winds and any size of swell. Low tide is the best when it is small, soft and broken into two distinct sections. Bigger swell morphs into a long, hollow wall, with protected pockets.
- Rockets or Tiger Stripes - Named after the narrow gouges in the reef that give a striped effect, Tigers is a real growling left in a strong swell. Tricky take offs into a long speedy wall before committing to an inside tube section that wraps and peters out in the channel. Unimpressive when small, it always seems to be bigger than everywhere else. All tides, all variations of S Swells and any N Wind.
- KH - KH is almost east coast and the two distinct take off spots link together in bigger swell and tide conditions.
- Koodhoo and Viligili Right - East facing lefts, very well protected from dominant westerly winds.
The Addu Atoll is basically not described at all yet. Nevertheless some adventurous surfers have discovered the area and found several spots on the south but also at the west and east facing parts of the atoll. Especially the left hander on the island of Vilingili and the right hander just south of Gan are known to offer good days. The Addu Atoll doesn’t have the perfectly shaped soft breaking waves. It is technically more challenging as it requires more flexibility to make the sections or to get enough speed out of the less powerful faces. The swell exposure is the best of the whole Maldives.
- Airport Lights - Very fast and powerful righthander that tends to close out unless you are really fast. If you make the sections you will be rewarded with nice barrels, if you are not, you will definitely end up on the shallow reef. The spot is well protected from west to south west winds especially if the swell is large and once you can surf the more northern parts of the reef corner. Outsides can be really throwing and intimidating.
- Vilingili/Madihera - This spot picks up a lot of swell but tends to be fickle. In the right wind directions it offers a fun lefthander with different sections and take off points. The waves hit from deep water and provide some heavy barrels at certain spots of the reef. The bottom of the reef is a bit uneven which makes the wave funny at times and changes from heavy to soft within a few meters. For those of you that can adapt quickly the Vilingili left can be tons of fun and high quality. Once the winds swing around more to the south east the end section of this wave can be firing.
- Vilingili - This right needs swell from westerly directions to stay open. Clean and small swells work the best at this spot.
- Mulikede/Kanda Muli - Beach break type reef as it is too straight for a point break. Can be fun with small swells. Then there are tons of peaks favouring lefts.
- Hithado/Kottey - Left Hander beach break type reef. Works in easterly and southerly wind directions. The spot is accessible by land. Take a cab from equator village or hire a motorcycle. The spot is in front of a dump and can have its heavy days.
- Gaukendi Bridge - Works best when all other spots are too small. Then it may offer some short but fun left hand rides on the south side of the bay.